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JAMA 100 Years Ago
April 7, 1999

SOME OF THE MINOR IMMORALITIES OF THE TOBACCO HABIT.

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Edited by Jennifer Reiling, Editorial Assistant.

JAMA. 1999;281(13):1156. doi:10.1001/jama.281.13.1156

BY MATTHEW WOODS, M.D.

When first aroused by feelings akin to indignation by the announcement that this society was about to give a "smoker," it was not because I loved less the brethren chiefly instrumental in making the compromising spectacle possible, but because I loved my profession and alma mater more.

I had been taught, and still believe, that medicine is a sacred calling, that it combines in itself the excellencies of all professions . . . that the physician is, or ought to be, a man set apart, devoted to the betterment, not the destructive pleasures . . . considers man morally as well as physically and includes within its sphere the issues of life and death.

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